Saskatchewan Coaches Conference
May 6 & 7, 2016
Saskatoon Inn and Conference Centre
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan






Lisa Thomaidis

  May 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Five-time Canada West Coach of the Year and two-time CIS Coach of the Year Lisa Thomaidis just completed her 17th year as head coach of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.

During her tenure at the U of S, the Huskies have won four Canada West titles (2005-06, 2010-11, 2013-14 and 2015-16), and most recently won the CIS National Championship in March 2016. Her teams have been consistently ranked in the CIS Top 10 for the last 10 years and have qualified for the CIS Championship nine of the last 10 seasons.

Thomaidis has also served as Head Coach of the National Team since 2013, but it was 2015 that was a year to remember. Thomaidis lead the National Team to their first-ever PanAm Gold medal in Toronto, defeating the USA in the final. The team followed that up one month later with gold at the FIBA Americas Championship in August. The FIBA Americas Championship secured the team a berth to the Rio Olympic Games this summer.

Thomaidis spent 11 years as an Assistant Coach with the National team (2001-2012), and in 2013 was appointed the Head Coach. That summer, at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship, she led the squad to a silver medal, the team's best finish since 1995. By making the tournament final, Canada qualified for a berth in the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women.

In 2014, Thomaidis lead the National Team to a fifth-place finish at the World Championships in Turkey, which was the best finish by the National Team in over 30 years.

In the summer of 2012, Thomaidis was an Assistant Coach with the Women's National Team at the London Olympics. There, the team made a dramatic run to the Quarter-Finals, before falling to the USA, the eventual gold medallists. The top eight finish was the best finish at the Olympics in over 2 decades.

Lisa was inducted into the McMaster University Hall of Fame in October 2006. In 2008-09, she became the first women's basketball coach at the UofS to be named the CIS Coach of the Year and won the award again in 2010-11. She was also named a YWCA Woman of Distinction in 2009.

Thomaidis was an assistant coach with the Canadian Women's National Team from 2001-12. In 2011, she led Canada's women's basketball entry at the World University Games in China to a sixth place finish. It was the best since 2001. Thomaidis coached at the World Championships in Czech Republic in 2010 and in Brazil in 2006, two PanAm Games (2007 in Rio de Janiero, and 2003 in Santo Domingo), as well as Olympic qualification tournaments (Mexico in 2003, Chile in 2007, Colombia in 2011). She was also the Saskatchewan provincial team coach from 1998-2001 and coach of the Canada Games team in 2001.

Thomaidis played two seasons of professional basketball in Europe in the Greek 1st Division. She was a student athlete for five years at McMaster University where she was a three-time OUA All-Star, and was on the Dean's Honour List for three years. She finished her career with McMaster by winning the OUA Coaches Award of Excellence.

Dr. Patricia Makokis, Ed.D.

  May 7, 2016 at 9:00 am

Patricia Makokis, Ed.D. is acclaimed as one of Canada's most outstanding Aboriginal leaders. She is an author, speaker, and a pioneer for Aboriginal education, health and values. Patricia is the recipient of innumerable awards for her exceptional work in advancing opportunities for her people. She was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of San Diego amongst others. Patricia has a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) with a major in leadership, from the University of San Diego.

Dr. Makokis is an authority on Aboriginal values. She lives them daily. Residing on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Northern Alberta, she has embraced both the Cree culture and the western world view. Patricia is a testament to the fact that "education and hard work are the two most important factors to relieve the plight of Aboriginal people in Canada today". She is a proud Cree. This is not something she just preaches. She's passionate about it and she puts it into practice.

Patricia has addressed numerous audiences across Canada and around the world n the fields of education, justice and health. She is in demand as an authority and an articulate representative of "what can be achieved" and "how to build on Aboriginal values and culture" to succeed in this highly competitive world.

Patricia pulls no punches in her presentations; she respectively shares academically based presentations, grounded in story. She articulately, and with humour, addresses the challenges facing First Nations. Above all, Patricia is positive. She can convey the important message that even against all odds, you too can succeed at whatever you set out to accomplish.

Kia Schollar

  May 7, 2016 at 12:00 noon


NCCP Resistance Training
(Pre-conference Workshop)

May 6 - 1:30 pm

Shawn received his Master's of Kinesiology Degree from the University of Calgary in Exercise Physiology. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). For the past 20 years has been an exercise physiologist consultant to the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan and Canadian Sport Centre-Saskatchewan. He works with several University of Regina Teams. Shawn's clients have achieved success in a multitude of sports including 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist Speed Skater, 2006 Olympic Silver Medalist Speed Skater, 2008 Olympic Road Cyclist, and Olympic trials athletes in Boxing, Rowing and Wrestling, Canadian Football Leagues (CFL) Outstanding Player and CFL #1 overall draft choice. Shawn has lead Saskatchewan in the area of strength and conditioning by introducing concepts such as dynamic warm-up, supervised training, structured recovery and regeneration, and vibration therapy.


NCCP Making Ethical Decisions
(Pre-conference Workshop)

May 6 - 1:30 pm

Sue has been involved in sport as a coach, volunteer, administrator or official for most of her life. She has been a Coach Developer for the NCCP Multi-sport modules in Saskatchewan for many years and has recently been appointed as a Master Learning Facilitator. She holds a Bachelor of Education and a Masters in Adult Education. She works as an Education Consultant at Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region and as an Instructor for the English as a Second Language Department at the University of Regina.

MICHELLE DEZELL CAAWS Women in Leadership Workshop - Effective Networking
(Pre-conference Workshop)
May 6 - 1:30 pm


DR. RALPH SCHOENFELD Team Building - As a "Team",
We are More than the Sum of our Parts

Effectively Communicating with Athletes, Parents,
Support Staff and Board Members

May 7 - 10:30 am

May 7 - 1:15 pm

Ralph has a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of San Diego. A specialization in performance psychology demonstrates a varied background and interest in high-level performance. Ralph adapts the psychological principles to facilitate a client-sensitive approach at the individual and organizational level through consulting, training, facilitating, coaching, mentoring, lecturing and key note address.

As a consultant in Sport Psychology with the Saskatchewan Sport Medicine and Science Council, Ralph works with individuals, teams and groups in a variety of sports, from grassroots to international and professional levels. Work in the performance psychology and competition preparation areas involves athletes, coaches, parents, officials and administrators-helping to enhance performance and striving for personal balance and excellence

Ralph has also worked with the Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan to deliver stress management and career workshops. Over the last twenty years, Ralph has been working with the National Coaching Institute to facilitate Psychology of Performance, Conflict Management and Leadership modules to coaches at the local, provincial and national levels in the Comp-Dev context and has developed and delivered Leadership modules to ACD students in Saskatchewan.

MICHAEL LINKLATER Coaching Aboriginal Athletes Panel May 7 - 1:15 pm


  • Cree from Thunder Child First Nation
  • Drug and alcohol free
  • Mount Royal graduate
  • NAIG participant
  • National champion U of S Huskies basketball
  • Played professionally in the International Basketball League
  • Represented Canada at the 3x3 World Championships
  • Team Sask head coach NAIG u19 men's basketball

  • DEREK ROPE Coaching Aboriginal Athletes Panel May 7 - 1:15 pm


    RHONDA SHISHKIN Concussion in Sport: Assessment, Management & Prevention May 7 - 1:15 pm

    Rhonda Shishkin has been the Head Therapist for Huskie Athletics at the University of Saskatchewan since 1997.

    Starting as a student trainer in 1989 with the Huskie women's basketball and football teams, Shishkin earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1995 and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1996. Since earning her degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, she has been certified as an Athletic Therapist by the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association, with a Diploma Sport Physiotherapy by Sport Physiotherapy Canada (SPC), Acupuncture provider through The Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute and as a Sport First Responder. In 2007, Shishkin was honoured with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Mentorship award in recognition of acting as a role model for professionalism and volunteerism. In 2015 she received the Sport Physiotherapy Canada David Magee Award for outstanding contribution to SPC.

    Shishkin has been a physiotherapist with Athletics Canada and the Senior Women's National Basketball Team. She has been selected as a physiotherapist for the World University (FISU) Games, the Francophone Games, the Commonwealth Games and the PanAm Games. She has attended world championships, several international competitions, has hosted many CIS National Championships and has been involved as a medical coordinator for various local and provincial sporting events.

    Well-respected in the local physical therapy community, Shishkin has been the chairperson of Sport Physio Canada and has been involved on the boards of the Sask Athletic Therapists Association, Sport Physiotherapy Sask, Sports Medicine and Science Council of Sask, Sask Physiotherapy Association and the Continuing Physical Therapy Education. She is currently chairing the Concussion Sub Committee of the SMSCS.

    Management of sport concussion has been one of her special interests. She developed a database for Huskie Athletics concussion management and created the concussion management protocol used by Huskie Athletics. She is an ImPACT Trained Physical Therapist and has completed several continuing education courses on concussion (R2P Concussion, SPC Concussion Course, etc). She was on the organizing committee for the Sask Concussion Symposium and assisted in the creation of the Handbook to Aid in the Development of a Concussion Management Plan for Sport Organizations in Saskatchewan, and A Change in Consciousness: Real Talk about concussion in Sport. She has taught concussion education courses to coaches, teachers, athletes and parents across Saskatchewan.

    HEATHER HYNES Meal Planning - Nutrition at Tournaments or
    Multi-sport events
    May 7 - 3:00 pm

    Heather Hynes is a Registered Dietitian and Sports Nutrition consultant with the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan. She has been working with the Council since May 2002. Heather completed her undergraduate degree in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan in 2002. In 2009 she completed her Masters of Science in the College of Kinesiology at the U of S. She has worked with numerous provincial teams, as well as athletes at the national and international level. She has been a member of three Canada Games teams, as an athlete, a manager and mission staff for Saskatchewan. From May 2011 to May 2014, Heather was the sport nutrition lead for Own the Podium. Since the fall of 2007, she has been a doping control office with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. Heather was part of the VANOC anti-doping team in Whistler for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Since March 2014 she has been a sessional lecturer with the College of Kinesiology teaching KIN 428; a course she took early in her academic career.

    JASON JOHNSTON Sport and Story: Using Story to pull a Team Together May 7 - 3:00 pm

    Jason Johnston or "J.J." has been involved with coaching and coach development for over 20 years. Jason is a certified NCCP coach and coach facilitator. He holds a BSPE '98 and B.Ed '05 from University of Saskatchewan. Jason is employed at CFB Detachment Dundurn, a small military base south of Saskatoon, with Personnel Support Programs (PSP) a division of Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services. PSP provides military sport, fitness and recreation services for military members and their families across our province. Jason is an accomplished athlete and coach in softball, football, and basketball. Jason is married to Cleah, and they proudly raise their family in Hanley, SK.

    COLETTE BOURGONJE Adapting Training to Meet the Needs of the Athlete May 7 - 3:00 pm


    JACKIE POWELL Adapting Training to Meet the Needs of the Athlete May 7 - 3:00 pm




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